Easter Sunday was a day of celebration at Winchester Avenue Christian Church. This page is dedicated to showing how we celebrated through some of the pictures that were submitted for that Sunday. (Note: see pictures of the Saturday Easter Egg Hunt on our Youth and Scouts link)
Our Day began with preparations for the Easter Sunrise Service in the sanctuary. This is the way our altar was set up with the Christ candle among all the lovely donate flowers:
After the service the congregation gathered for a wonderful breakfast in fellowship hall. One of the main treats was the assortment of “egg bake” dishes.
We were also glad to see all ages in attendance as noted in the following three pictures:
Right before Sunday School our Chime Choir (WACCY Chimers) took the opportunity to go over all of their music selections for the 10:45 a.m. worship service:
Notice how lovely our altar looks with the communion ware, surrounded by flowers and featuring the “Christ Candle” that will be lit at the beginning of the service.
Early in the 1045 a.m worship service Kim Dellinger concludes the series we used throughout Lent (“Am I Guilty”) by playing the part of Mary Magdalene.
And lights the Christ Candle:
The Chime Choir processes in to the opening verse of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today!”
And plays the chimes during the final three verses of the hymn.
Following the Call to Worship, Invocation and Gloria Patri, Helen Thompson sings a solo, the beautiful “The Holy City.” What an outstanding soprano voice1
We share in the “Joys and Concerns” along with the morning prayers by Pastor Ben and the Lord’s Prayer. Then our Young Disciples are invited forward to hear Carolyn Manning with her Puppets talk about the Resurrection of Jesus….
And they are visited by two Roman Soldiers (parts played by Steve Britner and Nate Webb) who are busy looking all over the place for the body of Jesus….”where have they hid the body?” Of course we know the answer to that. “Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”
During the Offertory, the Chime Choir plays a very beautiful and inspiring solo number, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” or as we know it in our hymnal “Joyful, Joyful, we Adore Thee.”
Unfortunately, we did not get a picture of our Choir singing the outstanding anthem “He is Not Here” and the beautiful solos performed by Buddy Trabert and Kathy Gess during the anthem. (The photographer was singing in the choir). Dot Simpson did a wonderful job preparing the choir for this performance.
The service closed with Pastor Ben giving the Benediction. Then the Chime Choir accompanied the congregation in the closing song: “Lift High the Cross.”
We are happy to announce that the entire season of Lent and Easter came together in ways that helped our congregation members experience spiritual growth and fellowship in some neat ways. There were plenty of opportunities. All of our members and Departments worked together to make an outstanding Lent and Easter. We will leave these pictures on the web page for several weeks for all of us to enjoy and remember…. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!